Asia's oldest stock exchange BSE may raise $182 million in IPO

People walk out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian stock exchange BSE Ltd’s initial public offering (IPO) of shares next week may raise as much as 12.43 billion rupees ($182 million) for its investors, based on the indicative price range for the sale announced on Monday.

Investors, led by Singapore Exchange Ltd SGXL.SI, Atticus Mauritius and billionaire George Soros' Quantum, will be selling up to 15.4 million shares in Asia's oldest stock exchange in a price range of 805 rupees to 806 rupees per share, according to a public announcement.

The IPO, which will be open for sale from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, will value the stock exchange at about 44 billion rupees ($645 million) at the top end of the price range. By comparison, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd 0388.HK has a market capitalization of nearly $30 billion, while the Singapore Exchange is valued at more than $5.5 billion.

BSE’s offering will be the first in Indian markets in 2017, after companies raised about $4 billion in 2016 from initial share sales making it the best year in six.

Founded in 1875, BSE, whose first venue for broker meetings was under a banyan tree in India’s financial capital Mumbai, has long been considering an IPO. However, a lack of clarity on the rules for listing stock exchanges had delayed the process.

Indian investment banks Edelweiss and Axis Capital along with Jefferies and Nomura are the global coordinators for the BSE offering. Motilal Oswal, SBI Capital Markets, SMC Capitals and Spark Capital are the other bookrunners.

($1 = 68.2500 Indian rupees)

Reporting by S. Anuradha in Singapore, Sumeet Chatterjee in Hong Kong and Devidutta Tripathy in Mumbai; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Christian Schmollinger